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This best TV show list represents the combined opinions of thousands of TV fans. Anyone can vote on this list of the best TV shows of recent memory, making this list a truly trustworthy way to find the best TV show. You can even add your own list to these TV show rankings.

Including shows like Friends and The X-Files, the best TV shows ever in the past 20 years features the latest television series as well as classics such as Seinfeld and Frasier. From sitcoms to dramas and animations to miniseries,  this list has got them all. If your favorite recent shows are missing, go ahead and add them!

What are the best TV shows of recent memory? Whether you're looking for the best TV shows to add to your Netflix queue or you just want to share your picks for the best TV series of the last few decades, this is the place to tune in to the tastes of TV fans around the world.

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+ - 4,644 4,190
The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

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2
+ - 5,332 3,710
Breaking Bad is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

3
+ - 5,098 2,652
Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

4
+ - 5,030 3,827
Friends is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Friends 1994

5
+ - 4,264 3,588
Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Seinfeld 1989

6
+ - 3,745 3,692
Lost is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Lost 2004

7
+ - 3,531 2,588
The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

8
+ - 3,139 3,122
The Office is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
The Office 2005

9
+ - 3,473 3,363
Dexter is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Dexter 2006

10
+ - 4,672 3,212
The Big Bang Theory is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

11
+ - 3,780 2,654
House is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
House 2004

12
+ - 2,928 2,375
The Sopranos is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

13
+ - 3,441 3,147
South Park is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
South Park 1997

14
+ - 4,027 2,722
Buffy the Vampire Slayer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

15
+ - 3,149 3,048
Family Guy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Family Guy 1999

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16
+ - 3,738 2,438
The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

17
+ - 2,942 2,611
Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

18
+ - 2,645 2,699
Arrested Development is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

19
+ - 3,137 2,895
How I Met Your Mother is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

20
+ - 2,748 2,244
That '70s Show is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

21
+ - 2,392 1,605
Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Sherlock 2010

22
+ - 2,357 2,107
Firefly is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Firefly 2002

23
+ - 2,527 2,334
Scrubs is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Scrubs 2001

24
+ - 2,330 2,515
The Daily Show is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

25
+ - 2,140 1,966
Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Doctor Who 1963

26
+ - 1,776 2,228
Mad Men is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Mad Men 2007

27
+ - 1,880 2,113
The Wire is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
The Wire 2002

28
+ - 2,243 2,109
Futurama is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Futurama 1999

29
+ - 1,950 1,784
Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

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30
+ - 1,537 1,928
Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

31
+ - 1,988 1,950
Saturday Night Live is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

32
+ - 1,617 1,518
Law & Order is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

33
+ - 1,865 1,550
Band of Brothers is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

34
+ - 1,584 1,818
The Colbert Report is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

35
+ - 1,382 1,450
Parks and Recreation is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

36
+ - 1,471 1,774
Fringe is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Fringe 2008

37
+ - 1,343 1,230
Law & Order: Special Victims U... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

38
+ - 1,517 2,074
30 Rock is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
30 Rock 2006

39
+ - 1,511 1,230
Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

40
+ - 1,547 1,452
NCIS is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
NCIS 2003

41
+ - 1,528 1,824
It's Always Sunny in Philadelp... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

42
+ - 1,769 1,605
Frasier is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Frasier 1993

43
+ - 1,264 1,696
Community is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Community 2009

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44
+ - 1,398 1,551
Monk is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Monk 2002

45
+ - 1,051 1,520
Six Feet Under is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

46
+ - 1,303 1,353
ER is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
ER 1994

47
+ - 1,198 1,861
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True Blood 2008

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+ - 1,702 1,602
Malcolm in the Middle is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

49
+ - 1,300 1,516
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

50
+ - 1,324 1,688
24 is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
24 2001